Around 1,200 children will now have access to information technology with the forging of the partnership between PC giant DELL with CHILDHOPE ASIA PHILIPPINES, one of the leading NGO (Non-Government Organization) for Street Children Welfare in the country last February 12 with the formal opening of the very first DELL E-Labs and Mobile E-Labs.
DELL announced during the launch that it has joined the advocacy of Childhope Asia Philippines, Inc. (CHAP) to help close the learning gap among underserved children. CHILDHOPE ASIA PHILIPPINES will receive a DELL “Powering the Possible” grant that will facilitate its aim to empower street children through education and computer literacy.
“We’re grateful for Dell’s support in our efforts to defend the rights of street children by providing them with learning opportunities and knowledge that can help protect them from the vulnerabilities of life on the street. The education and skills they acquire will also go a long way in preparing them for a future as productive members of the community.” – Teresita L. Silva, president and executive director, Childhope Asia Philippines, Inc.
CHILDHOPE ASIA PHILIPPINES works with the underprivileged street children and out-of-school youth in Metro Manila to give them equal opportunities for learning through several programs, including basic literacy and numeracy, alternative learning system basic education, computer literacy, as well as life skills, values and primary health education. To facilitate its outreach and protection/education program, the charity is aided by mobile education vans with street educators that are deployed to 18 locations daily where street children are commonly found—in parks or on the sidewalks of urban centers—to teach children there.
The core of the DELL – CHILDHOPE ASIA PHILIPPINES is to provide the underserved youth and educators with access to technology and serve as a catalyst for lifelong learning and career readiness. Dell technology will be used to equip the mobile education vans with laptops and the required education software to accomplish the work of accredited programs administered by CHILDHOPE ASIA PHILIPPINES.
“Our initiatives to empower youth by closing the technology gap and providing training in information and communications technology skills are focused on improving, enhancing and jump-starting learning for life. By putting technology to work for underserved communities, we aim to help young people discover new possibilities, change their lives, and unleash their true potential.” – Richard Teo, president,Dell Philippines
To summarize the activities of the partnership, Mr. Teo outlined the whole project in three goals:
- Teach children beneficialries ICT skills.
- Technology to reach a lot of communities.
- Maximize the potentials of the youth.
In addition, the grant will also enable CHILDHOPE ASIA PHILIPPINES to set-up a computer lab with Dell desktops to provide digital learning and basic computer literacy classes to 120 selected street children brought to the charity’s premises and to the areas in Metro Manila where CHAP operates.
The computers at the center will also be installed with a database program that will be used by the 25 street educators for recording and tracking the progress of the street children under the program. This will greatly help in monitoring the welfare of the children and in evaluating the impact of the program to the beneficiaries.
“Providing our world’s youth with access to technology is something that is dear to me and dear to Dell. Our Powering the Possible program is designed to change the way youth learn and access information today. Our work with Childhope Asia is giving us the power to provide the technology, the know-how and the resources to help the next generation grow and thrive in their communities.” – Ranjita Menon, Dell Giving Manager, Asia-Pacific and Japan
Powering the Possible is DELL’s commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet. Dell works with nonprofits to address pressing social issues by donating a combination of Dell technologies and solutions, funding, expertise and volunteer support. In 2011, Dell gave more than $44 million benefiting around 2.7 million of children worldwide.
DELL is currently expanding its horizons to computing solutions and has recently acquired cloud client computing leader WYSE Technology to extend its desktop virtualization offerings.
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